Thinking about Buying a Mountain Bike this Dashain? With all the different types of bikes and gear on the market it can be confusing for new buyers. We hope we can give you some insight on what might be the best bike and set up for you.
Full Suspension Verses Hardtail
By definition, a Hard tail is a mountain bike with only a front fork suspension. These bikes vary in quality from basic city bikes to high end racing machines with a price range from 40,000nrs up to 500,000nrs.
A full Suspension bike is a mountain bike with both front and rear suspension. This makes the bike smoother over rougher surfaces. But lower end full suspension bikes can be somewhat heavier than a hard tail. Full Suspension Bikes price varies from 130,000nrs to 700,000nrs.
Suspension comes in different travel length (The amount the suspension moves or bounces up and down) varies depending on the design or purpose of the bike. Here are some examples of that:-
100mm to 130mm- Cross country style riding. Fast climbing. Good for causal riding to racing XC.
140mm- 160mm- All Mountain / Enduro. Not so fast to go up hill but lots of travel to come down rocky, steep trails with drops and small jumps
180mm and Above – Downhill. Purposely built for downhill only, not possible to ride uphill. Suitable for bigger jumps, drops and rugged terrain.
Generally speaking a full suspension bike will cost you more than a hard tail.
The Wheel Size
Mountain Bikes come in three wheel sizes – 26inch, 27.5 inch (Aslo called 650B) and 29 inch (29er). Now days, in Nepal most bikes have a 27.5 wheel size, but all three are avaiable.
26 inch Wheels –
27.5 Inch Wheels
29 Inch Wheels
The Drive Train
This is the part of the bike that makes it move, gear shifters, chain, cassette, crank, derailleurs. These parts come in many different qualities which effect the price and performance of the bike. Obviously the more expensive it is the better it works and the lighter it will be.
Now days bikes come in different speed variances as below:- (front x rear)
3 x 8 – Basic gear sets on low end bikes
3 x 9 – Found on entry level bikes
3 x 10 – Found on medium level bikes
2 x 10 – Found on medium level bikes
1 x 10 – Found on high end bikes
1 x 11 – Found on high end and performance bikes
1 x 12 – The latest technology normally found on high end bikes.
When it comes to gears/speeds, is more better?
Generally speaking one would think 30 gears would be more efficient than 20 or 11. But now days, cogs or cassettes come in varying teeth sizes which means you can can the same range of gear levels and climbing abilities on a 1 x 11 bike as you could on a 3 x 10 bike. What happens is the weight of the bike is reduced, the maintenance becomes easier as you have less moving parts and you will have a smoother shifting performance. What you do sacrifices is the bigger gear rings that give you higher flat speed as you would need on a road bike.
While 1 x 11 or 1 x 12 is the ultimate choice for a mountain bike, those gear sets generally come on more expensive higher range bikes. If you are looking for entry level, look for something like 2 x 10 rather than 3 x 9 or 8 speed bikes.
A Last Word
Overall, when you go into a bike shop you should have an idea of the kind of riding you want to do, be it city ride, causal weekend romps into the country side, racing or full on downhill and have an idea of the budget you want to spend.
As a general rule you should buy the best quality bike you can afford as in the long run it will cost you less to maintain and it will perform better.
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Giant Trance 3 Was 185,000 – Get 11% Discount
- ALUXX SL-grade aluminum frame with 140mm of smooth Maestro suspension clearance for 2.6 tires
- RockShox Sektor Silver TK Solo Air 140mm-travel fork with Boost 15x110mm thru-axle
- RockShox Deluxe RT rear shock
- Giant XC-1 rims, Giant Performance Tracker hubs, Sapim Race spokes
- Shimano Deore 2×10-speed shifting with Shimano M365 hydraulic disc brakes
Giant Talon 1 Was 73,000 – Get 115 Discount
- ALUXX-grade Aluminium frame
- SR Suntour Epixon Air 100mm fork with lockout
- Shimano Deore 2×10 speed shifting with FSA Comet 24/36 crankset
- Shimano M315 hydraulic disc brakes
- Giant GX03 27.5 wheelset with double-wall rims
- Color: black/red, green/blue
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